Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
|The following quote is circulating on Facebook:
"Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an
active noun like struggle. To love someone is to
strive to accept that person exactly the way he or
she is right here and now."
I wonder what Mr. Rogers would say in response to the public discussion about immigration, and about gay marriage. He would not say it publicly, of course, as he publicly talked to children about themselves and each other. Mr. Rogers was a seminary educated protestant Christian and his show was his ministry. He taught generations of children about love. He demonstrated love. He did not say “love this person but not that one.” He loved animals and quirky characters like King Friday the Thirteenth. On his original show in Pittsburgh, “The Children’s Corner,” he talked to Lydia Lamp, who appeared quite excitable. It is, therefore, no surprise to me that we would become more inclusive as these children become adults. We teach children to share, to help each other, and to be kind to all their classmates. I think Fred Rogers represented the best of American values. We need to remember, learn, and practice what we were taught.